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Morland Wins After Long Wet Week

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- David Morland carded a 3-under 68 on Sunday and held on to win the Carolina Classic by a single stroke over Vaughn Taylor and Rob Bradley. Morland finished at 16-under-par 268 for his second win on the Nationwide Tour.
 
Bradley fired a 9-under 62 on Sunday while Taylor posted a 5-under 66.
 
The tournament was plagued by weather problems since Thursday's opening round was washed out due to rain. There was a 90-minute delay to open action on Sunday as several players had to complete their third rounds Sunday morning after play was suspended for darkness Saturday night.
 
Morland played 26 holes on Friday, 19 on Saturday and 27 more on Sunday to win for the first time since last year's Southern Open.
 
'This might be the longest 72-hole tournament that I've been in,' said Morland, who earned $90,000 for the win. 'Stamina became a factor with it being 12-hour days. It was probably one of the more exhausting tournaments that I've played because of all the starting and stopping.'
 
Morland took the 54-hole lead at 13-under par after polishing off his third round Sunday morning.
 
'I wasn't sure if we were going to get 72 holes in and so I played the 18th hole finishing up my 54th hole kind of protecting just in case it was 54,' said Morland, who quickly lost his lead on the third hole of the final round when he four-putted from 40 feet and wound up with a double-bogey. 'It's something that's happened in the past. You put it out of your mind and move on. All of a sudden it was time to get the show back in gear.'
 
Morland collected birdies at four and six to reclaim the lead but Bradley and Taylor were moving up the leaderboard and tied him at 15-under par. Both Taylor and Bradley finished close to 30 minutes before Morland so it was a waiting game.
 
Morland broke the tie with a 12-foot birdie at the 16th. From there, he knew that two pars coming in would get the win.
 
'My brother told me that some guys had finished at 15-under so that I knew on 18 that if I hit two good shots I'd have a wedge left for my third,' said Morland.
 
He did just that, wedging his third to 18 feet. He two-putted for par and the win.
 
'It was a quiet calm today,' said Morland. 'I knew after the third round that it was my golf tournament to win if I executed the way I should. I'm just glad I was able to close it out.'
 
Lucas Glover (66), Paul Claxton (68), Tripp Isenhour (67), Brett Wetterich (69) and D.J. Brigman (69) shared fourth place at 13-under-par 271. Eduardo Herrera and Kevin Johnson tied for ninth at minus-12.
 
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